‘The Queen’s’ Thembsie Matu on Petronella

Legendary actress, Thembsie Matu, who performs the position of a helper, Petronella, on The Queen has revealed her character doesn’t stick with the script.   

Matu, who retains audiences glued to their TVs each night says she’s requested by producers to improvise rather a lot due to her feisty character.  

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The award-winning actress informed Drum Magazine in an interview that she didn’t count on her character to explode because it did when she joined the telenovela.   

“You have no idea what all the support and love I’m getting means to me.”

“They transport me to a place where I’m just full of gratitude and respect for them and inspire me to do more.”

Viewers are entertained by her singing, and the ridiculous recommendation she offers her finest good friend, Detective Vuyiswa Maake performed by Zandile Msutwana.   

Fans are additionally mesmerised by her sensible mouth when she’s coping with her husband, Mjekejeke performed by Sipho Manzini.

Matu additionally revealed that she’s typically requested to extend dialog in her scenes and that many of the issues Petronella says are usually not within the script.  

“You know, sometimes when the episode is too short, I am asked to prolong the conversations Petronella has with people.”

“Most of the things she says aren’t in the script. I just imagine what those three people I know would say in that instance.”  


The mom of two additionally informed the publication that she was tipped by late actor-producer, Shona Ferguson in regards to the position.   

She was coaching dancers for a marriage scene on the telenovela when the Ferguson Films co-creator pulled her apart and informed her about this position they’d.

Shona Ferguson who was taking part in the position of Jerry Maake on the time handpicked Matu as a result of he thought the position can be becoming for her.    

The actress was given a personality bible to grasp the type of character Petronella is and channelled her thoughts to suppose like Petronella.

She ready her position by learning three folks she is aware of and mixed their characters to change into the well-known Petronella.    

“One of them is a woman who loves being around young people, to the point where she thinks she’s one of them.”

“She’s always there, giving advice and sharing her own experiences.”    

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